The runaway train came down the track and she blew...

Snowden Mountain Railway

This is the train that takes people up to the top of Mount Snowden, although it's actually on it's way back down. But it's not a runaway - it uses a narrow gauge rack and pinion system to keep the descent well under control.

The weather had started off quite nice, if cloudy, but as we walked up the track on our way to the 3,560 feet summit (the 2nd highest in the British Isles) it turned for the worse. The higher we walked, the closer we got to the low clouds and soon were enveloped in mist and heavy rain. The people on their way down from the summit in the warmth and dryness of the train looked at us and must have thought how glad they were that they took the train. And when we reached the summit the view was... terrible - completely covered in mist.

The Snowden Mountain Railway, part of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, began in 1896, and the locomotives still in use today are the originals that began their journeys then. 

We don't seem to have had much luck with the weather when climbing mountains in the British Isles. 30 years before this visit we had walked up Mt. Snowden, but it was covered in so much thick snow we lost the track and had to walk up the railway line. And the cold broke my camera! And another time we walked up Ben Nevis in Scotland, the highest mountain in the British Isles at 4,411 feet, only to walk the last 1,000 feet or so in thick mist that completely obscured the view from the summit. I suppose that familiar saying is probably about right - it's all about the journey!